Incident Summary:

05/20/2017: Assailants, including a suicide bomber, attacked a New Kabul bank branch in Gardez, Paktia, Afghanistan. At least eight people, including a civilian, two security guards, and five assailants were killed, and 31 people were injured in the blast. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity New Kabul Bank
Specific Description Bank
Nationality of Target Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden vest and firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Taliban Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 5
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 31 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 5
Total Number of Injured 31
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Attack on Afghan bank kills three; assault on Ghazni foiled," DAWN Group, May 21, 2017.
"At least 20 Afghan police killed in Taliban ambushes: officials," Reuters India, May 21, 2017.
"3rd LD Writethru: Attack on bank kills 8, wounds 31 in Afghanistan's Gardez city," Xinhua General News Service, May 20, 2017.